# MARYLAND MATH

# FOR OLYA

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There are several sites on the web that give interesting
facts and statistics about Maryland. Unfortunately, Maryland, like
the rest of the United States, has avoided using the metric system,
so the information will need to be converted to become meaningful for
you. Children here learn the metric system but since they seldom have
a reason to use it, they rarely develop a true understanding or learn
to "think" metric.

I have located several sites with information about our state.
We would certainly appreciate your help in looking at this information
using the terminology used in Russia. Would you help us convert inches
to centimeters, miles to kilometers, acres to hectares, dollars to rubles,
and Fahrenheit to Celsius?

Your first visit is to the
MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

Under the POPULATION heading, find the population
density in square miles and convert it to hectares.
In the section entitled LOCATION,
the distance from
central Maryland to several major cities is given
in miles. Which major city is the closest? Which
is the farthest away? Convert the distances to each
of these two cities to kilometers. If you lived in
central Maryland, how long do you think it would take
to travel to each of these cities? Remember, the
average speed limit on most Maryland roads is 55 miles
per hour.
Now, go to the section called PHYSIOGRAPHY.
The mean elevation is given in feet. Convert it to meters.
How do you calculate the "mean" of a given set of
data? What is the name of the point of highest
elevation? How high is it in kilometers?
Under the section called AREA, convert the area
of the Chesapeake Bay and the total area of
Maryland to square kilometers. What percentage
of Maryland is land? Explain how you determined
your answer.
Look at the section called CLIMATE. Convert the
average rainfall and snowfall to centimeters. Then
convert the average annual temperature, the average
highs and the average lows to Celsius. How do these
statistics compare with the statistics for where you
live? Make a graph comparing the two.
The section on the CHESAPEAKE BAY will tell you how
long that bay is in miles. Convert this to kilometers.
Finally, under the section called ELEMENTARY AND
SECONDARY EDUCATION, find the average per pupil
expenditure. If you can locate the necessary information,
make a graph showing a comparison of
this figure to the average per pupil expenditure
where you live.
Now for your next stop on the web, go to the WELCOME TO
MARYLAND page.

You will see the state flower and the state bird
there. Do you know their names? The history link
will help you with this and other interesting facts
about Maryland. You will also find a time line
of Maryland History at that location. The state bird
was given its name by George Calvert, the first
Lord Baltimore, when he noticed large flocks of
them during a visit to the area in the 1600's. He
noticed that their coloring was the same as the
orange and black coloring of the Calvert family
coat of arms. These birds are about seven or eight
inches long. How long are they in centimeters?

Now click on the words, MARYLAND IS FUN . When
you arrive at the MARYLAND IS FUN page, convert
the following distances to kilometers.

a) from the cannon to the sailboat

b) from the train to the crab

c) from the lighthouse to the cannon

Now that you have finished all of that hard work, go to the Maryland Home
Page and sign our guest book!

This was authored by Myrna Dyson

Patricia A. Weeg

pweeg@shore.intercom.net
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